Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the “golden years.”
Healthy geriatric dogs & cats should continue to receive a comprehensive annual physical exam as well as appropriate vaccinations, parasite tests, and parasite prevention. Semi-annual exams are recommended for some dogs and cats with chronic disease. Beginning at the age of 6-10 years, depending on the breed and overall health of your dog or cat; annual blood work is recommended. This blood work can detect early signs of disease that can be treated if caught early. If the blood work is normal, then we have baseline numbers to compare to in the event of illness. All dogs over the age of 7 years old that require any surgical or dental procedure are required to have pre-anesthetic blood work to verify that they are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.